A stone castle with views of the Hudson River is priced to sell. And for a buyer who takes possession of the $1,225,000 castle on 1.8 acres, the opportunities are immense.
“Driving up to the property is pretty stunning. You don’t see it at all, and then once you arrive into the parking areas, then you’re just basically greeted by a stately and impressive building that you just don’t see it coming,” says listing agent Edouard Pierre.
Inside, the castle has been divided into seven rental units and some common areas. Two of the units have two bedrooms, two have one bedroom, and three are studios. The total living space is about 8,400 square feet.
“Some of them need a bit more work than the others,” Pierre says. “We listed the property according to the amount of work that is going to be necessary to really make it shine.”
The studio on the top floor has a view of the river and has a new kitchen. All of the windows have been professionally restored.
Pierre says much of the work will need to be done by skilled tradespeople. He cites plasterwork to repair cracks and breakage as a prime example. The electrical and plumbing systems will need to be upgraded to bring the castle to 21st-century standards, he adds. The massive roof could also use a little bit of attention.
“It just needs a little bit of love—and by love, I mean a good amount of capital to bring it back up and make it pristine,” Pierre says.
The unit on the first floor measures 1,300 square feet and has access to a patio.
In total, the castle has 28 rooms as well as a large, unfinished basement.
William Roe III commissioned the home to use as an entertaining venue. Louis Comfort Tiffany decorated much of the interior, and some of those original details are still intact. One highlight is a show-stopping skylight of Tiffany glass in the main stairwell.
“It is intact and not cracked or anything like that, so that’s pretty remarkable,” Pierre says. “When you walk in, you see this huge, cedar-wrapped staircase that spirals up all the way and you have some original Tiffany sconces, all of the original wallpaper, which is almost like a fabric, and you have statues that have been there since it was built.”
There are also handcarved fireplaces throughout the castle.
Roe died in 1945, and the owners converted the property into multiple units to house Air National Guardsmen returning from World War II.
All of the units are currently rented by full-time residents. Each has access to a common sunroom.
Pierre says he sees the perfect buyer as someone who wants to convert the castle into an event space or use it as a hub for vacation rentals. Short-term rentals for tourists could produce more income than the current long-term rentals are bringing in, especially since each unit has a bathroom and a kitchen.
Vacation rentals “would lend very well to this [property] to get as many people in the doors and allow them to experience such a place. It’s not every day you get to walk into a rebuilt castle and something that has so much historical value,” he says.
There’s also another possibility.
“We have had showings with people interested in turning this back into a single-family [home], a retreat, or a weekend house, or just a family house,” Pierre says. “Returning it back to its original form would require a lot of capital and a really unique architect that can take on that kind of a project.”
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